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in afghanistan and pakistan. not later than 120 days after enactment of this act, the entity described in subsection 8, shall submit to the president and the congress, a report. sense of congress, it is the sense of congress that the entity should be modeled on the iraq study group. section 8127, not more than $200 million may be expended -- the chair: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise. mr. carter: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 31 printed in the congressional record offered by mr. carter of texas. strike lines 6 through 9 relating to military musical units. the chair: the gentleman from texas is recognized for five minutes. mr. carter: i rise to address an issue i think is very important to the patriotic men and women who fight and defend our country. representative mccollum, in good graces, asked that we restrict the military band funding by $120 million and in an attempt to help with the savings. but the congressional budget office has informed us that this reduction, this $120 million re
to beat president obama. a look at the war in afghanistan. now the longest war. how do we get out? does obama's policy differ from president bush's and what is the effect for generations to come? joe and mika and willie join in the conversation later this hour. we begin with the debt crisis. they are trying to make a deal on the deficit. houses of congress are rolling out separate compromises to safe off a default. harry reid is meeting with mitch mcconnell to craft a solution to appeal to both parties. according to reports, this would do the following. it would allow the debt ceiling to be raised three times for a total of $2.5 trillion. in exchange, some $1.5 trillion in spending cuts would be enacted. the plan would be established to identify new deficit cuts. proposal, already, getting a lukewarm response from the fellow republicans. among them, the freshman snar mark arubio and tom coburn. take a listen. >> it gives the president the ability to raise the debt limit. the debt limit isn't the problem. the problem is the debt. the plan, as outlined to me isn't a credible solution. >>
on the defense spending going on for rebuilding in afghanistan. >> uh-huh. >> and there was five people on the program, and when they were asked direct and specific questions as to what's going on with the money over there, they were all saying they don't have those figures with them or possibly not qualified to answer them. and it's very insulting to sit there and listen to them, you know, telling lies to the american people. and on top of wasting that money over there, there again, wasting the money that taxpayers are paying politicians to sit and have to listen to these lies and they sweep stuff under the table. and saying we will get back to you when people are watching this program. they are not able to get the answers they are waiting to see and they never even hear the answers for six months or a year down the road. it will be a great way to start. it makes you wonder if they need to be on a lie detector sodium penathol lalan on our democrats line caller: good morning. >> you are on. go ahead. caller: okay. it amazes me how we can keep this issue about cutting spending, where i
step down in exchange for immunity from prosecution. the natal led force in afghanistan has begun handing over responsibility for security to afghan forces. -- the nato-led force in afghanistan has begun handing over responsibility. guido westerwelle will be on hand. >> guido westerwelle was met by his afghan counterpart when he arrived in kabul. plans to withdraw german troops are taking shape but guido westerwelle gave no specifics on when it was start. >> i want to stress that we know we have a responsibility in afghanistan after 2014. also, we will not forget about afghanistan after that date. >> guido westerwelle and discussed security with hamid karzai. the taliban has continued attacks during the transition phase as control passes from nato troops to afghan forces. >> the hacker group anonymous has targeted the colombian president and one of british murdoch's papers. they say they have broken into servers belonging to nato and have got their hands on restricted material. they said that they were sitting on a gigabyte of data stolen from the military alliance. on wednesday,
'second living soldier ever to receive it for his service in afghanistan. coming up we'll tell you the extraordinary story of army ranger leroy petry. also new questions today about this incident at the home run derby. that story coming up. there is more to this perhaps than meets the eye. we'll be right back. martha: an attempt to catch a ball almost took a tragic turn at last night's home run derby when a man fell over a railing in the right field stands. his brother and friend managed to snag him in the nick of time. hay, trace. >> reporter: the guy's name is keith carmichael. he's from arizona. they had already caught two home run balls. and another one from the red sox adrian gonzalez. prince fielder hit a moon shot to right field. take a look at this. he hits this shot and it is up in the air. the guise standing on a little table. he misses the fly ball by 2 or 3 feet. you slowly get to it. he misses the ball. he loses his balance, and there he goes toward the railing right there. he's a big guy, you fall below there goes down to the pool deck at the ballpark. it's 20 feet do
occupation, especially, afghanistan, especially, iraq and increasingly, the spillover of afghanistan into pakistan is causing a huge number of attacks there. and so what's been occurring is not just a large number of suicide attacks but a large number of anti-american-inspired suicide attacks. >> so besides the obvious policy of pulling out, is there another policy? >> absolutely. >> to prevent this. >> because pulling out, simply abandons our interests, ignores our interests. what this book suggests is a middle ground policy called offshore balancing. offshore balancing continues to pursue our core security interests and obligations in overseas regions but does so with over the horizon, naval power, intelligence assets, relies on economic assets and political tools and this is the core policy that we pursue as the united states for decades in major regions of the world, such as the middle east with great success, and we should return to this policy. >> can you give us specifics about how we should pursue the policy in the middle east. >> in the 1970s and '80s, the united states had
operatives in yemen and somalia than all of afghanistan. >> you they very well be right about the numbers. a formal affiliation with the call core in the tribal areas. these groups have always seen some strength in the alliances. where you see instability in places like libya and yemen and syria, you worry about al qaeda and its affiliates. in chaos, they can take advantage of that situation, those ungoverned spaces to recruit, train and plan. so all of these governments in chaos represent a threat for us. >> there's a new head of the international counterterrorism center. what do you know about matt olson? >> he's a career guy. he's worked across different disciplines. he served both at the fbi then and also later at the justice department and the national security decision. well respected by law enforcement, gained some national security and intelligence experience over at the department. don't know about his relationship with the president, but that's less important than the counterterrorism center. as a career official, heel have that. so he's probably a pretty good choice. >> a follo
, they might be interviewing the astronauts today. >>> these are not shuttle astronauts but four afghanistan women are making history nonetheless. they are among the first female pilots in the afghanistan air force. >> you're going to open the door for our ladies in afghanistan. it's a big deal for us to open the door for others, the other ladies that have the dream that they can't do it, we want to show them. >> their journey began two years ago when the afghan army began looking for women to join. they will spend the next few months training in the united states before returning home to afghanistan. >>> the major phone companies aren't keeping the third party mystery fees off your phone bills. we're talking about land lines by the way, not cell phones. big phone says it's taken steps but admits it's still a big problem. >>> for money news, let's go to joya dosh. i'm expecting a rough morning for stocks. how's it looking? >> it's actually looking pretty good. the futures are pointing to a higher open, which is a bit of a fresh start from earlier in the week. >> i want to ask people, don't t
of the most powerful men in afghanistan and allegedly had ties to drug trafficking. his death could make the security situation worse in that region in a news conference with the french president. the former president said his brother's desk reflects the suffering of all afghan people. we will keep you abreast of the story as we continue with fox and friends. >> his background is to be the best because he is someone, as you mentioned, gretchen, who has ties to drug traffickers, an allegation he denied and he was on the pay roll of some of our intelligence operatives, which we have denied. it's not like he is mas. d, who was considereddy most all people to be a positive leader for afghanistan. >> he was part of the problem. in the meantime let's talk a little bit about this. well, those debt talks. you know they will meet every day, the president told us, until they figure out how to do something about that number that just keeps ticking bigger and bigger and bigger. today they meet at 3:45. once again they are in one of the conference rooms at the white house. it's interesting, before th
in afghanistan and next director of the c.i.a. certains -- earns a salary of approximately $180,000. the secretary of defense earns about $200,000. how then can we justify salaries of up to $700,000 for defense contractor executives? i understand there may be contractors who supply services to our nation that our government cannot perform on its own. however, i am also absolutely certain there is no one single private contractor whos value to our national security is twice that of the commander in chief of the united states military. at a time when the chairman of the joint chiefs is telling us that the nation's deaf is the number one threat facing america, we cannot continue -- debt is the number one threat facing america, we cannot keep paying private contractor salaries that are more than triple the pay of our military leadership. my amendment simply states that funds in this bill will not be used to pay a federal government salary for any individual defense contractor that exceeds the valerie of the secretary of defense. that sal -- salary of the secretary of defense. that s
of hamid karzai's half brother in afghanistan, murdered by somebody who was apparently a close confidant. we are talking about the impact that may have on the u.s. operations in afghanistan. obviously you can check out fox news.com live on any mobile device. download the fox news app for your ipad, for the iphone as well. you can watch us anywhere, any time, it's a great show, we are here every day. so, we'll take a quick break now on the fox news channel. i suggest you all download that app and come over and talk to me, here is a quick break on the fox news channel, we'll continue here at fox news.com live. [ barks ] ♪ [ cat meows ] ♪ [ whistles ] ♪ [ cat meows ] ♪ [ ting! ] [ male announcer ] travelers can help you protect the things you care abt and save money with multi-policy discounts. are you getting the coverage you need and the discounts you deserve? for an agent or quote, call 800-my-coverage or visit travelers.com. patti ann: a dramatic new trial unfolding right now in florida. the jury has just been picked for this couple. they were arrested after a pet python killed
university professor. after this break, we will talk more politics and legislation and afghanistan with our roundtable, conn carroll and jamelle bouie. be right back. ♪ >> monday on c-span, the dali lama -- dalai lama and martin luther king, jr.'s speechwriter. they spoke about a number of topics, including the death penalty. >> the number of people who kill through violence -- are killed through violence, over 200 million. but problem not solved. i think that people lay down a seed of hatred. >> watch this discussion monday at 6:30 p.m. eastern on c-span. >> monday night on c-span, look back at president nixon's foreign policy. members of his administration and the president's son-in-law discuss topics including communism in china, invading north vietnam, and the 1967 war in the middle east. >> the discussion then in the newspapers were nixon's secret plan for peace. what was it? of course, he never talked about it. that was rockefeller pushing nixon to say something, to expose what his plan was. rockefeller did not think that nixon had a plan. he comes in after a hard day of campaigning
's brother in afghanistan. any likely correction there? >> reporter: not clear. i rather doubt it, although this is a part of the world where two weeks ago we saw an attack on the intercontinental poe tell in kabul. this is a part of the world that is boiling up again, whether it's in afghanistan, pakistan, whether it's potentially in india. those three countries are all linked. the indians have ties in afghanistan. the pakistanis are worried that the indians are going to make inch roads into pakistan and afghanistan as the united states leaves the region. so, again, it's too soon to make any conclusions about what is going on but it is certainly time to start looking at not only india and pakistan, but pakistan and afghanistan, and what has now become a very tense relationship, certainly since the raid on osama bin laden is the u.s. pakistani relationship. jon: k kt mcfarland, depth con . we'll continue to watch this. the investigation just a couple of hours old. k. t., thank you. >> reporter: thank you, jon. jon: good morning to you on this wednesday. i'm jon scott. patti ann: and i'm pat
at the white house. >> heather: defense secretary leon panetta traveling to afghanistan. he says that the u.s. is targeting up to 20 key leaders of the al-qaeda based on information gathered during that raid on osama bin laden's compound in pakistan and terror group is now within reach. david is live from kabul, afghanistan. >> reporter: the duly appointed defense secretary arrived here a few hours ago to find out for himself the situation on the ground here. he has brief talks with military officials including david petraeus and then he went straight into a meeting with the afghan president hamid karzai. their discussions included the transition of nato held areas of afghan control starting in july but also the drawdown of u.s. troops over the next year. he says he hopes to drive the taliban into peace talks over that period. he also said he was upbeat about prospects of defeating al-qaeda if they can capture and kill remaining leaders. >> i would say somewhere around 10 to 20 key leaders, between pakistan, yemen, so somalia and north africa, if we can go after them, i think we really can
in afghanistan. the afghan army is short-staffed and learning to shoot as the u.s. tries to leave what a cnn crew found out on patrol in the mountains. >>> i'm ali velshi. nasa about to retire its shuttle program after friday's final launch. the space agency now looking into its past to help make a transition into its future on this "american morning." good morning. it's wednesday, july 6th. i'm christine romans. >> gla we are still talking about the casey anthony trial. what happens now? she could be a free woman tomorrow at her sentencing. committed on murder charges. after six weeks of testimony, nearly 11 hours of jury deliberations, it was not the courtroom climax that many seem to be expecting. >> as to the charge of first-degree murder, verdict as to count i, we, the jury, find the defendant not guilty. as to the charge of aggravated child abuse, verdict as to count ii, he w, the jury, found the defendant not guilty. as as to the aggravated manslaughter of a child, count iii, we, the jury, find the defendant not guilty. >> wow. the look on her face. just the look on her face as those count
afghanistan today. nato has not identified the nationality of the troops killed. >>> and there are conflicting reports on the medical health of moammar gadhafi. he's scheduled to stand trial in august. his attorney says says mubarak is in the -- his attorney says mubarak is in a coma. >>> later this morning, president obama will announce his nomination to headed -- to head the consumer financial watchdog agency created in the wake of the 2008 finance am crisis. in an announcement at the white house, the president will nominate richard kodra -- kordray -- cordray for the john. he's likely to run into oppositions from republicans. >>> there were terrifying moments for a crowd attending a "cheap trick" concert. gael-force winds caused the stage to collapse. at least five people standing below the stage were hurt. one seriously. this morning, cheap trick posted a message on the facebook page says the band and road are fine and are hoping for a speedy recovery for fans. >>> a typhoon is on a collision course with japan. >>> the atlantic ocean a second tropical storm of the season is heading to the
and more transparent. >>> general david petraeus hands over command of afghanistan. the outgoing top commander of nato forces transferred authority to marine lieutenant john allen. petraeus plans to retire from the army before taking over as cia director on september the 6th. >>> former south african president nelson mandela celebrating his 93rd birthday with his family by his side as birthday wishes pour in from around the world. here are a few of them. >> happy birthday. >> happy birthday. ♪ happy birthday to you ♪ happy birthday >> the united nations and nelson mandela have one request, asking each person to devote 67 minutes to helping others, one minute for every year of mandela's own service to humanity. 67 minutes. that's a challenge we can all rise to. >>> this typhoon is headed for japan. that's got workers scrambling to protect a reactor at yeah been's crippled nuclear plant. even though the typhoon is expected to strike well south of the plant, authorities say they are not taking chances. typhoon ma-on is expected to make landfall tuesday. >>> even by it's land's start
and afghanistan. he is in baghdad this morning where he's meeting with u.s. forces as well as iraqi leaders. he says iraq has to do more to prevent insurge attacks on americans with iranian weapons. >> i would like for iraq to exert more of an effort to go after those extremists that are making use of these weapons, that if you are going, they have a responsibility to protect against that kind of attack occurring. >> all 46,000 remaining american troops are withdrawing this year under an agreement between the two countries. iraqi leaders are debating whether to request u.s. troops stay in the country beyond 2011. >>> this morning, pakistan telling america, keep your money, after the u.s. announced it's withholding $800 million in military aid. this is more evidence of the growing rift between the u.s. and pakistan. white house chief of staff william daly says it's in response to pakistan's decision to cut back on counterterrorism operations after the killing of osama bin laden. the u.s. typically gives pakistan more than $2 billion a year in security assistance. >>> u.s. joint chiefs of staff a
" reported last year by jason carroll. he's back in afghanistan with one of those soldiers, sergeant randy shorter. >> sergeant shorter was part of the surge who arrived last august. his one-year mission is nearly complete. jason is live from shirr rana in the northeastern part of afghanistan. happy fourth of july to you, nice to see you. >> and happy fourth of july to you. i'm going to bring in randy shorter right now. i have to tell you, we now have to refer to him as first sergeant randy shorter because he's since been promoted since the last time the two of us were together. let me bring you in here now. tell us about, what was it september, august, the last time i was with you guys? >> tell me what the past several months have been like? the taliban has been exerting its influence in the area. how has it been for you? >> for me and my men it's been quite busy. getting out there, getting after it. we've been steadily, you know, helping the afghan people here. we've been promoting a lot of projects, a lot of schools, getting out there every day. >> also, congratulations on that promotio
want to get you caught up in another headline coming out of afghanistan. the president's brother, half- brother, shot dead by bodyguards. joining us on the phone is hei di with the associated press. what happened? guest: this man was a close associate of the president's brother. he was in ahmad wali karzai's house and shot him at least twice before he himself was gunned down. host: was it his own bodyguard? who was this person? caller: we are still gathering details on who this man was. it's clear he was a very close, personal friend. he does handle security for ahmad wali karzai. it sounds like he is a much higher level than your personal bodyguard would be. in theaallowed a gun home, which shows the trust between the two men. brother awas karzai's target? very powerful figure in southern afghanistan and a very controversial one. he's the head of the provincial council, which on its own would make him the man controlling the area. both because of his connections to the president and a lot of associations -- he made things happen in kandahar province, which is the real former stronghol
in afghanistan's air force. >> and are training in texas. ed lavandara has more on their history making mission. >> reporter: the passion and dreams of these four women easily cuts through their broken english. >> we are going to open the door for our laid niece afghanistan. it is a big deal for us to open the door. ladies that have dreams but can't do it. we want to show them. >> reporter: these laid reese lieutenants in the afghanistan military and have come to the united states to study english at the defense language institute in texas. it is their dreams of piloting helicopters that could help change the future of women in their homeland. >> these young ladies are path finders, trail blazers. and -- as such, they are subject to the criticism and antagonism of those that don't want to see the particular path. >> reporter: the soldiers say they are prepared for the scrutiny and are confident. >> the women of afghanistan, don't be afraid of anything. if you want to do something, you can do it. just believe in yourself you can do it. >> reporter: back home, these women are battling chauvanism.
of american and coalition force necessary afghanistan. transferring responsibility to marine corps general john allen. he says he intends to maintain the momentum of the current military campaign in afghanistan, he doesn't expect the fight to be easy. petraeus will retire from the army next month before becoming director of the cia. jon: and we wish him well in his new position. living to tell the tale after a terrifying bear attack. how a 13-year-old boy survived a run in with a 200-pound beast. also, new details on rick perry's rumored run for president. why the texas governor is saying a white house run is what he is, quote, been called to do. we want to know which gop holdout you'd like to see get into the race, rick perry, maybe sarah palin, maybe chris christie. head over to foxnews.com/"happening now" and vote. ?c if you're hiv positive. those pills cost about forty cents a day. lunch bag [pop] jon: so will he or won't he run for president? texas governor rick perry is the guy we're talking about. he's holding off on announcing and official white house bid but telling one newspaper
it illegal for women to attend to school in afghanistan. while this particular policy was discarded in 2001, similar deplorable circumstances still exist in afghanistan and around the world. the limitations and implications of existing education systems are far-reaching. yet there are concrete steps that can correct the damaging nature of existing education systems or the lack thereof. any institutions with international jurisdiction can and must institute global education programs including early childhood and vocational programs. early childhood education such aspiration head start provides comprehensive health, education and parent involvement to low-incomed families in the united states. vocational education is a further means of empowerment. by powering the technical skills and training to make individuals valuable members of the work force, such educational programs can also be recognized for their economic value. early childhood education as well as vocational training and educational opportunities are all viable in empowering programs that must be instituted in a global context. edu
men in the country of afghanistan has been assassinated, this man, the half brother of afghan president hamid karzai, shot dead by a bodyguard at his home in kanda kandahar, ahmed waleed karzai. president karzai said his brother's death shows that all afghan people are now suffering. we'll have more on this in a live report from afghanistan later on in the show. bill: in the meantime, she's holding ground in the state where she was born. minnesota congresswoman michelle bachmann, now leading the republican pack, according to a new poll for the iowa republican. she leads what many consider to be the frontrunner mitt romney 25-21 percent, so what would be her first order of business if she were to be elected to the white house? here's what she told bill o'reilly last night about that. >> bill, i am committed to the full-scale repeal of omabacare. we need a president that has a titanium spine, which is what i have. bill: all right. stephen hayes has the titanium spine every day, don't you steve? >> i do. bill: from the weekly standard and fox news contributor. what's doing in iow
country, why? well, they've been active in afghanistan, had a deployment there for several years, active in the libyan air campaign, the cartoon issue. also, what we're finding in scandinavia is groups themselves are coming together from denmark, sweden, and norway, different ethnicities gathering and meeting in mosques, and they are adjacent -- they're local to norway, sweden, denmark. know where the targets are. and saying a man who lived in norway, head of a very radical sunni group from northern iraq who was prosecuted because he'd threatened norwegian ministers because he was going to be deported. he said, you deport me and i get killed in iraq, the same will happen to norwegian ministers. so they do have this fringe in scandinavian countries of islamist militants. >> when i have questions about terrorism here, i often come you and ask you, you know, who these people are, what's going on here. in terms of who might be behind this, who do you think? >> it could be a whole range of groups. but the point is that al qaeda is not so much an organization. it's more a spirit for these peop
a reason why we are in iraq and libya and afghanistan. but having said that, let's face it, it would be ridiculous to assume that i'm making an appeal for democrats when what i'm talking about is those people who are vulnerable. because of our financial center cause people to lose their homes, it wasn't just democrats, there were democrats, republicans, independents, and those that have no faith in government that woke up in the morning, they lost their jobs, they lost their home, they lost their pension funds, they lost their savings, they had to pull their kids out of school, they lost their self-esteem, some lost their homes. i don't remember anywelfare reform we are talking about people that are registered democrats. these are americans that are expected -- that expected more from their government than just saying that we will be able to address your deeds in the by and by. and the very people that are aged, god knows we are not talking about a party label. we are talking about our sick or we are talking about medicaid, we are talking about medicare, when we talk about social sec
savings on the mandatory side and savings from winding down the war in iraq and afghanistan. these are savings that cbo scores of about a trillion dollars, that cbo scoring them at a trillion dollars. now we know some republicans will quibble over the savings but they have no leg to stand on. though war is the second-biggest policy driver of the deficit after the bush tax cuts. if conducting the war ads to the debt, it is undeniable winding down the war deliver savings. the administration tells us with the wind down their putting in place in the iraq and afghanistan, they can prosecute the war on about $630 billion over the next decade. cbo, however, assumes 1.67 trillion in war funding for 2021. by adopting the administration's lower number, we can save over a trillion. we know the republicans agree with this because they included the exact same savings in the wrong and budget that passed the house. i never criticized such accounting then and it's hard to see how they could do so now. last, senator reid's proposal allows a joint committee that has the potential to achieve e
. caller: donald trump wants to set went to iraq and afghanistan because they were oil-rich nations. we won the war. i don't think and buying debt these days. host: about what the question that those did contribute to the problems we are having right now. guest: everything did continue. the question is what percentage. i would disagree saying the president has tremendous leverage. he has no leverage. the democrats and the republicans and congress are going to make this deal. one or both of them are going to leave town and dump it on his lap. the poling is really unhelpful, often ends in these things. on one hand they want cuts and spending. they an over 60% want the capital plan. the president is appearing more favorable than congress. the president always does. the president's rating have been going down dramatically. because of that. because the president doesn't feel comfortable, they don't want this issue to come up again until 2012. they don't want to have this again until 2012. they want to talk about other things. we have this situation now where this debate has paralyzed the country
-- the other factor is that we are now drawing down the cost of our military efforts in afghanistan and iraq. last year we spent a little over $150 billion. this year we'll spend a little over $100 billion. and the plan is to soon be down to at least $50 billion in two or three years. so over the ten-year period there'll be about eight years at nearly $50 billion or so spent on the war instead of $150 billion. that's part of the plan that we've been operating on for a long time. $150 billion for the war is not baseline expenditure of the united states. it was never projected to continue at that level, so hopefully we could bring it below $50 billion. maybe we went get to $50 billion. i don't know. but what is the reasonable estimate? i think the house republicans and the president said it would drop to $50 billion, and that would be the baseline out there for the rest of the time. that's $1 trillion. that's $1 trillion. so you take $1 trillion out of the $2.7 trillion, you're down to $1.7 trillion. and another thing that's scored in that, since that $1 trillion in war costs is scored the way
down the wars in iraq and afghanistan don't count. specifically, they say that these savings are -- quote -- "a widely ridiculed accounting gimmick that breeds cynicism." unquote. yet all but three of the 43 senators who signed this letter voted for the ryan budget on may 25 this year. that budget counted the same drawdowns as almost identical in savings. so those savings were legitimate enough to secure their support for the ryan budget but not legitimate enough to secure their support for leader reid's debt ceiling compromise. and here we are on the precipice, and suddenly they've done a 180-degree turn. either these savings count or they don't. you can't have it both ways. so we are proposing exactly what republicans have been saying that they want. yet instead of accepting this deal, they're using what precious time we have left to push forward with their agenda, and it's not even their agenda. it's the tea party agenda. their radical agenda is a wolf in sheep's clothing. last night we voted down speaker boehner's plan which requires the passage of a balanced budget const
at military bases worldwide from iraq to afghanistan to guantanamo bay. most often, he travels with his group, which you have heard about. the cookies on the table are a tribute to that. they are the focus of a feature-length documentary that chronicles the band travels to entertain the troops. they have a website. they are doing a launch very soon where people can watch that. kfar the proceeds will benefit the gary sinise foundation. while dismissing the speculation that he is running for political office -- [laughter] but we might follow up on that today. our guest has been an outspoken critic of bureaucracy and red tape that often delays and prevents service members and veterans from getting care and benefits. he has said the nation is not doing enough to help disabled veterans and u.s. troops wounded in iraq and afghanistan. he has called on the government to -- and the private sector to spend more on victims of posttraumatic stress disorder and get them some help. he is a star who moonlights as a soldier's advocate. our speaker has questioned his own industry at times while producing fil
's newspapers. >>> and sergeant surprise. a marine serving in afghanistan takes a chance on youtube and asks a favorite actress, mila kunis, to a military ball. >> take a second to think about it, get back to me. >> her response? yes! and now he's the envy of the corps. this is "today" on july 12th, corps. this is "today" on july 12th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. welcome back. we really missed you. partner in crime. >> i had perfect weather on vacation. now that perfect sunny weather has turned perfect, sunny and brutally hot. if you're in the new york area today, hopefully your afternoon plans will be indoor. 103 today. >> we're not alone. heat advisories have been issued for at least 18 states, matt. and in illinois, the dangerous temperatures are blamed for at least one death. we'll get details and al's forecast straight ahead. >>> nbc news investigates a controversy involving gop presidential hopeful michele bachmann. she owns a christian coun
mechanic, avionic technician, electricians and others. >> as the troops return from afghanistan and iraq and as the pressure mounts on the defense budget, we're going to see similar consequences for ground services. >> in october, the army will begin a 22,000-person drawdown, so more draw seekers will enter the labor market and more exmilitary may face unemployment. at the pentagon, jennifer grippe, fogriffin, fox news. >> bret: a horrific story from articling top texas. father who took his son to baseball game in hopes to catch a ball fell to the death thursday night. 39-year-old firefighter shannon stone went after a ball tossed by the fielder hamilton. he fell over the railing and ploppinged 20 feet to concrete. he's the second fan to die in a fall at a major league ballpark this season. we will talk about disappointing jobs report. numbers, the reak and the politicians. the fox all-stars join me after a short break. do you know how you will react when someone changes lanes without warning? or when you're distracted? when you're falling aeep at the wheel? do you know how you'll react?
in afghanistan, working on perimeter defense imagery. >> 30 minutes, get this hooked up. from the thing hits the ground to ready to go. >> reporter: as soon as "atlantis" lands, ray zinc will lead a convoy to prepare for its move. after that, he plans to start up an organization that brings science and engineering to kids. >> we all have a lot of experience. a lot of knowledge we would love to pass on to another generation. let's get together and find to do this. go where the kids are or bring them to us. >> reporter: zink has seen a lot of friends go. within 24 hours of "atlantis" landing, he will see more. 2,300 people will be leaving. the shuttle program is over. it's done. john zarrella, at the kennedy space center, florida. >>> we're about ten seconds into the deorbit burn. >> tend of the journey that started with the testing of a craft called "enterprise," in 1977. "columbia" in 1981. culminating this morning with a night flight to the kennedy space center. >> it's been 14 days since "atlantis" lifted off for the final mission of the space shuttle program. this morning what we're witne
, republican congress and the bush years, wars in iraq, wars in afghanistan not paid for, prescription drug bill not paid for, and bush tax cuts for wealthiest americans which have caused most of the deficit, and the problem with the debt ceiling. now we are not calling on them to make some sacrifice and pay for it. most everybody in america knows about dieting. most of us are a little overweight. michelle obama will tell you that any day. we need to watch our weight. but when you go to diet, you got to reduce your calories, and you got to exercise some more. spend some calories, reduce some calories. that's the way you diet. the same thing with the budget. you got a problem at home with your budget, well, maybe you think i won't take that vacation and go to miami beach and stay in that three star hotel, i'll go to fort walton and stay in a two star hotel and maybe get another job or work some more overtime. increase your income, you decrease your spending. and you get it together. this congress, though, has got the problem because in dealing with this and the debt ceiling is independent of
to advocate for people who are being persecuted because they're christians whether it be in afghanistan, pakistan or egypt. and the two questions that i have, how many connections have there been -- convictions have there been over the last several years, do you have any -- and how many occasions do you know where the american embassy has advocated for these cases? generally, when there's a problem, members go to the embassy, they advocate it. how many times has the american embassy participate and been involved in any different cases? >> thank you very much, mr. wolf. there have been, in the 50 cases i was involved with personally, there were two investigations, neither investigation resulted in any legal process, so there are no convictions, um, resulting as of, as of complaints to the effective kidnappings, forced marriages and forced converses of coptic christian women. to my knowledge, also, and according to my research the u.s. embassy has not advocated on behalf of these women. >> one last thing, mr. chairman. as you have this record, i urge you to send it to leon panetta. our mi
afghanistan is also winding down and that's the trillion dollars they thought they'd save but they don't list anything with the harry reid plan and not to look at entitlements, how could you possibly say we're taking a hard look and making tough decision abouts the future of our -- of the country economically and not look at entitlements when even the president of the united states has had a problem. let's look at john boehner. he says, all right, i'll raise the debt ceiling. this is what i mean by a two phased plan. just a trillion dollars and we'll have $1.2 trillion in cuts by the end of the year. the future cuts will be commissioned and sent up after they commission a bipartisan panel to decide, you know, republicans or democrats to decide which will be cut and what shouldn't. >> and apparently, it would be along the lines of the cut, cap and balance as you can see right there. here is something that speaker boehner said why he cannot support the democrats' plan. he said the administration says they need all of the increase up front so he doesn't have to deal with this until after the ele
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